SCSU Alumnus Give School Big Donation
Jake Judd | Oct 10, 2018 AT 3:45 pm
(KNSI) - A week before the start of homecoming at St. Cloud State University a program has been given a million-dollar donation.
SCSU alumnus Jim and Ann Marie Maciej of Annandale, gave the money to the university’s nursing program.
This is the largest-ever gift to the School of Health and Human Services.
In recognition of the gift, The Department of Nursing Science wing in Brown Hall will be named the “Jim ’73 and Ann Marie Maciej Nursing Education Suite.”
The donation will fund the creation of new nursing-simulation labs and related technology infrastructure.
It will also support future technology purchases.
"Ann Marie and I have been very impressed with the success of the SCSU Nursing Program", said Jim Maciej. "When we learned about an opportunity to admit additional students to the program by way of funding a new nursing simulation laboratory, we felt it was the best use of our resources. This investment will continue to drive student success and will benefit not only the university, but the greater Central Minnesota region for many years. It aligns very well with our personal values."
Nearly 95 percent of St. Cloud State’s 2017 graduating class passed the National Council Licensure Exam on the first attempt, according to Dr. Jane Bagley, chair of the Department of Nursing.
Ann Marie is a former Registered and Coronary Care Nurse and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who spent 40 years in the health care profession, primarily at Fairview-Southdale Hospital, Edina.
Jim is past president of the Ac'cent Companies and J-V-M Realty Advisors of Edina. He served as chair of the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors, the Minnesota Industrial Development Association, the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation, and as a trustee for the St Cloud State University Foundation Board of Trustees. He created two scholarship and internship programs at St Cloud State University and the University of St Thomas, St Paul, which have provided $245,000 in grants to assist 182 student scholars.
“This gift will absolutely transform the experience of our students in nursing and give faculty the tools they need to ensure the success of our students. We are honored that Jim and Ann Marie have made SCSU’s nursing program their philanthropic priority,” said Dr. Robbyn Wacker, St. Cloud State president.
“As baby boomers retire from the healthcare profession it is imperative that we meet the region’s workforce needs for highly skilled and highly caring nurses,” said Dr. Shonda Craft, Dean of the School of Health and Human Services. “This gift will go a long way in helping us meet that critical need in our community.”
School of Health and Human Services faculty members are preparing about 2,500 students for careers via 12 undergraduate programs and 11 graduate programs. Each semester, more than 400 students engage in experiential learning through internships and other opportunities with community partners.